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Company Recalls Wipes After Tests Show Bacteria

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Baby wipes that may contain the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia, or B. cepacia, and which have a nationwide distribution have been recalled, the Food and Drug Administration announced today.

Nutek, the Pennsylvania company which makes and distributes the wipes under the brands Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred's, Kidgets, Member's Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch, and Well Beginnings, the company said. They were sold at Walgreens, Sam's Club, Family Dollar, Fred's and Diapers.com, has stopped shipping the wipes while the company investigates.

The bacteria is not a threat to healthy babies, but those with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to infection, according to Pix11 News, who reported on the recall.

The company was first alerted to the possibility of contamination after customers complained of discoloration and odor from the wipes. A microbial test concluded B. cepacia was present.

The company originally withdrew the wipes in early October after receiving the first complaint. The company initiated the recall after numerous other complaints of rash, irritation, infections, fever, gastrointestinal issues and respiratory issues from customers using the wipes.

The company is working with the FDA in recalling the product. The federal agency says the product can be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund. Parents with questions may contact the company at 1-855-646-4351, Monday through Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM ET.

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